Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 22nd May 2015
With the Newsletter distributed on Wednesday and waiting to be read and the delightful prospect of a Bank Holiday weekend and half term ahead (sounds like the start of a poem), I’m tempted just to say “Have a good one!” and leave it at that. Furthermore, after five days of interviewing this week (very successfully I may add) , I’m pretty shattered and my brain is functioning even less effectively than normal, so I will be brief.
Well done once again to all our examinees for their efforts this week; feedback has been very positive and I’m sure the half term break will provide the opportunity to take stock, catch one’s breath and attack Phase 2 of exams on 1st June with fresh zeal. Of course, Year 13 are yet to get under-way properly and the week’s break will provide them with invaluable revision time. Thanks to all the staff who are putting on extra lessons over the holiday; it is much appreciated by all.
Director of Year 10, Mr Williams, adds this on the exam theme; “Just a quick note on how Year 10 impressed me with their preparation for the exams. I saw a huge amount of maturity from the year group and it has filled me with a lot of optimism for when they go into Year 11 in September. There is a busy half term before we break up in the summer, but I’m sure that the students will go into Year 11 as brilliant role models for the younger pupils. I’m a hard man to please, but Year 10 have managed to do it in the last week overall!”
Very pleasing to hear as we say goodbye (almost) to one GCSE cohort and switch our focus to the next. Mr Tomlinson’s current Year 11s will be a hard act to follow but I know Year 10 are up for the challenge.
Design & Technology
This from Miss Carter; “Year 8 have had a new challenge in Product Design this term. 8X3 and 8Y2 have been designing clocks based on their favourite subject in school. Not only did they learn how to work with multiple materials but they also learnt how to create moving parts. Students’ responses varied from geographical erupting volcanoes with moving smoke clouds to French flags with waving arms. I’m sure Mr Beeley will be happy to know that one student even created 2 moving rugby players tackling each other!” (N.B. I do have other interests.)
“The GCSE English Literature cohort have just finished their third and final exam this morning so now all eyes turn to English Language. To add to the leavers festivities this afternoon, the English department provided ‘goody bags’ for Y11 to enjoy. As well as some party treats there is also a range of extra revision activities for the pupils to complete just in case any claim to have run out! Seriously though, the English department would like to wish the cohort the best of luck for the English Language exam on the 2nd June. If students need any further help or advice, they should tweet to the @wellyenglish page for help!”
Thank you, Miss Hitchens, and it’s great to hear help is always close at hand.
Miss English in Geography has been one of our most prolific contributors to the bulletin and her enthusiasm for both her students and the subject is second to none. She deserves a mention herself this week after she presented her thoughts on pedagogy at a Geographical Association conference recently. I believe there is a picture and a feature in their most recent magazine which mentions her. Well done, Miss, and sounds like some good publicity for Wellington too!
First of all, here is a late submission from last week;
“Year 9 have been taking part in practical maths activities today. Miss Craddick and 9.2 were out and about this morning with their clinometers and metre sticks in order to estimate the height of the school buildings using trigonometry; Mr Poole and 9.6 were out in the sunshine doing the same in the afternoon. Miss Latham and 9.8 put their ratio skills to the test making cocktails (Sunset Surprise, anyone?) and completing a bit of party planning to work out the cost of serving 100 people. All classes were really keen and worked really well in their groups.
Also, Mr Armstrong has been hosting Year 11 twitter revision sessions on Tuesday nights 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Check out @welly_maths to join in next week.”
Junior Maths Challenge
Members of 7.1a took the UKMT Junior Challenge earlier this month. Mr Poole is delighted to report that there were three gold awards, two silver awards and seven bronze awards. “Additionally, by virtue of his score, the best of these, Reece Glassbrook, has qualified for the Junior Kangaroo Competition (no, I don't know why it's called that either) to be held on 9 June. More information about this when I have it.”
Mr Williams (English) offers this ‘plug’ for his new club; “On the first Wednesday back after half term, Wellington will be holding the first meeting of its new Politics Society. The society will provide students with the opportunity to find out more about political parties and processes and also discuss contemporary political issues in a non-partisan environment. If you caught the politics bug during the General Election, are a budding Prime Minister or member of the Cabinet, or you just want to find out more about the world around you, come along – all years are welcome.”
Thank you for launching this, Mr Williams. As you say, the General Election provided a catalyst for political debate amongst a number of our students, many for the first time in the context of school, and I hope this club will sustain that much-needed enthusiasm. Who knows, we may introduce the subject at A level one day.
I said I would be brief, and for once I will be true to my word. It’s my son’s birthday and rugby training starts at 6 o’clock, so I’ll be in the dog house on a number of levels if I don’t get a shift on.
So, enjoy the break; it’s a an exciting but incredibly busy time of year after half term with a whole host of big events as well as the usual demands of the school routine and we’ll all need a good rest in preparation. I hope, as always, you will support us at Sports Day, the Sports Dinner, Open Morning, Awards Evening and the Talent Show (I’ve probably omitted something). Let’s make it a half term of celebration; after all, our youngsters deserve it.
S P Beeley
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